Desktop as a Service (DaaS) is fast becoming a preferred option for empowering employees to work from anywhere. But for many organizations, risks remain. Surveys show IT teams are contending with a long list of concerns, with cloud security, infrastructure management and cost at the top.1 It’s no wonder, then, that countless organizations are looking for ways to simplify IT and remove the administrative tasks involved with desktop management. Software patches, updates and endpoint management can all require tremendous amounts of time and resources. As your workforce expands to more locations and off-site environments, you need to give employees a way to work from anywhere—without increasing complexity or exposure.
Did you know remote work has increased 159% since 20052, or that 43% of the workforce now works remotely?3 Even onsite employees are only working at desks 40-50% of the time.4 Suffice it to say, today's employees are working across a wide array of locations. And for many multinational companies, business isn’t just expanding across new offices and territories but in more countries, too. This rapid growth of global business is pushing IT to provide workplace solutions that perform equally well on every device, from any location. When you deliver Windows apps and desktops from the cloud, your employees can safely take work with them. Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Standard for Azure are accessible from any HTML5 browser or secure mobile app, and provide the same great high-definition user experience whether you're using iOS, Android, Chromebooks, laptops or thin clients.
When technology budgets are already stretched thin, it helps to have a way to meet the needs of employees—without adding a lot of extra cost.5 When you deliver apps and desktops from the cloud, you eliminate the capital expenses associated with maintaining a data center. A simple and predictable pay-as-you-go subscription model makes it easy to scale up or down on demand. There are no more software patches to manage or updates to oversee; no expensive hardware and software expenditures to put on the books. You’ll pay only for what you use, while empowering employees to work wherever and whenever they need to. It’s the most cost-effective way to give each and every user the right desktop for the right job, all from a single solution.
Business disruptions can occur at any time, for any number of reasons. Weather incidents, power outages, political events and even virus outbreaks have all been known to put a pause on daily workflows. While a growing number of companies are offering ways to work from home in times of interruption, these arrangements can be complicated to set up and maintain. They can also increase the risk of a data breach. With Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Standard, employees can safely work from home until things return to normal. By hosting virtual apps and desktops in Microsoft Azure cloud, it’s easy to deliver remote access to mission-critical apps at all times—without compromising security.